Hester, Graham and Kevin
have all passed their First Aid at Work qualification. Gillian is
just finishing her C7407, gaining a City & Guilds Level 4 Certificate
in Further Education Teaching (CFET). Graham has started a distance learning
Certificate in Volunteer Management.
February saw three members
of HFR participate in the Southern
Rescue Group training weekend “Response 2005” at Goodwood,
organised by Brian Janman. This year we had the opportunity
to cut up cars and learn about airbag safety, as well as get some really
good hands-on experience using a Kendrick Extraction Device (to remove
patients with a spinal injury from a car). Gillian and Graham also
helped to teach defibrillation to 29 members of the Rally Rescue
Every event date since August
2004 has been attended by the defibrillator, but we are very glad not to
have used it. We are now actively seeking funding for a second defib,
as with more volunteers we will be able to provide cover at more events
and we already have multiple bookings for some weekends in the summer.
The last 12 months
has seen very generous donations from a number of sources providing the
very necessary basics we need. In particular, £200 from the
Inner Wheel Club of Hart and £260 from Camberley
Rotaract which has been used to purchase uniform sweat shirts and high
visibility vests. This went well with an anonymous donation for polo
We have also had an OHP with
stand, projector screen and flip chart stand donated as they were no longer
needed. We were able to give them a good and busy home!
Our quest for additional
funds is ongoing. In addition to our dream of a new ambulance and
second defibrillator our equipment list costs still need to be met.
We would love to talk to
potential donors and sponsors of HFR. Please don’t hesitate to get
in touch to discuss ways in which you might be able to help us.
Did you know that it cost
us an initial £60 to train one person in First Aid and £500
to train one person in Ambulance Aid?
To date in 2005, we have
been booked to cover 78 events. This includes our busiest weekend
of the year. On Saturday 11th June we provided nine volunteers covering
three events with all three vehicles out on the road! So far in six
months we have treated 78 casualties.
This year we have trained
53 people, during 5 courses: one basic 6-hour first aid, three 2-hour emergency
life support, and one 2-hour child and infant resuscitation.
– Year of the Volunteer
2005 has seen the membership
increase by four new volunteers. Two of whom, Richard and Sallyanne
are joining the usual four and going to Southern Ambulance Training College
in September to be trained in Ambulance Aid for their Emergency Responder
Clinical Training Certificates.
Hester and Graham joined
Surrey Ambulance in March 2005 as Community
Responders. With a defibrillator, oxygen and entonox they have
been on call for over 50 hours, and attended two incidents. Other
members of HFR are also intending to train as Community Responders as soon
as the opportunity arises.
Katy has been used more
regularly in the last year as Ethel has had a re-fit and is now shining
brightly! Our thanks to Camberley
Signs who have been more than generous with a donation of new vehicle
Penny, now 24 and nearly
a classic is running well and has a new electronic ignition to help her
start in the cold damp mornings.
However, we have also opened
a Vehicle Fund account with £250, with the intention of purchasing
a more modern vehicle in the near future. Between them this year,
our three trusted ambulances have clocked up an amazing 1,120 miles and
almost a hundred years! A new addition to the fleet will enable us
to be more effective as we continue to provide first aid cover to the local
(and larger) community.
Sirens (with multiple whoop
and wail options) have now been fitted to all vehicles, specifically for
off-road use to warn pedestrians and others of ambulance movement.